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Melissa Etheridge's Ex-GF

I Can't Live on $23,000 a Month!

4/9/2012 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Melissa Etheridge
's ex-GF Tammy Lynn Michaels claims she's barely scraping by on the $23,000 a month Melissa currently pays her in partner and child support -- and now, she wants a massive raise ... this according to new court docs obtained by TMZ.

Tammy just filed the papers in the couple's infamously bitter separation claiming Melissa makes roughly $177,882.00 PER MONTH ... and got Tammy accustomed to an extravagant lifestyle while they were together ... so the $23k is incredibly unfair.

Tammy -- a former actress -- also claims she has "virtually no savings" and would need "extensive retraining" if she were to rejoin the workforce.

Tammy claims Melissa is also brainwashing the kids -- training them to be emotionally distant and rude to Tammy ... and now they won't even give her a hug. 

Tammy also accuses Melissa of cursing around the children -- including one instance ... when she told Tammy to "get the f**k off my back" in front of the kids. According to Tammy, Melissa also refuses to let the kids get vaccinated.

As for the reason behind the mudslinging -- Tammy and Melissa are headed into a settlement conference in May to determine support and custody issues ... so it's important for Tammy to demonstrate she's the better mom.

On top of increased support, Tammy also wants Melissa to pay her $120,000 legal bill. Calls to Melissa were not returned.


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Pudding Tang    

awwww, no more coming on Melissa's window?

924 days ago


"got Tammy accustomed to an extravagant lifestyle while they were together ... so the $23k is incredibly unfair." This is what's wrong with divorce law. Period. She WAS living the life, now she's NOT. Get on with your OWN life and stop holding others responsible for your problems and expecting them to support you.

924 days ago

There's a problem here    

..."barely scraping by" on 23K a month? Hell, I would have married the bitch myself if I knew I could have sat on my ass and had all that money EVERY MONTH. Oh wait ...

924 days ago


She'll have to cut back on the champagne enemas...

924 days ago


You know... Melissa Etheridge sure does put up the fight for equality for gays and lesbians. But it SURE appears that she doesn't want that extended to HER in this custody battle. She wanted to be married, but couldn't be, so she doesn't want to pay child support or alimony. You can't have it both ways, Melissa. I have lost all respect for her. They were together a long time, and had children together. They should have to deal with the same legal battles as a heterosexual couple.

924 days ago

Umm ok...    

Melissa's gonna get taken to the cleaners so that this Tammy lady can avoid some "extensive retraining." haha! Tammy Lynn Michaels is full of s**t, as soon as she gets her hands firmly grasped around the cash, she'll pull an Anne Heche.

924 days ago


23K a month is not enough to live on. Wow, what a world these celebrities live in.

924 days ago


Tammy, the sympathy train has pulled out, people are out of work in this country, you'd be wise to STFU. -America

924 days ago


Shut up and get a job. Some people live on $23K a year.

924 days ago


She would need "extensive training" to rejoin the workforce. Code for she's an incapable d*mbass. She should just start making some girl-on-girl porn.

924 days ago


cheaper to keep-er

924 days ago


See, this is why same sex marriage is fine, let everyone enjoy the joys of divorce.........

924 days ago


23 000 A MONTH IS ENOUGH to live with you stupid BITCH

924 days ago


Tammy, sweetie, listen to me carefully: the life you lived WITH Melissa should not be the same as the life you live WITHOUT Melissa. I suggest you either learn to live on the paltry $23,000 (this chick is crazy) or take some acting lessions to get back into the industry and make your own money. Oh, and IF you're telling the truth about the get the f_u_c_k off her back comment, I suggest you try it.

924 days ago

Thurston Howell III    

Get a job! Melissa is not your meal ticket lady. Yeah, you lived a good life with her but that's over. Get on with your life and don't expect somebody else to support your azz. You are a grown up adult. Get a job like everybody else. Melissa makes that much money because she has worked hard to build her it's time for you to stop being a leech and act like an grown up.

924 days ago
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